Students looking at blueprints with construction materials in the background including wood and a hammer.

Construction Staking and GPS

Construction staking is the process of taking plans for roads, buildings, infrastructure systems, and other improvements to a site and then mapping and staking them out on the site where the construction will take place. Most often, the mapping and staking of the plans is done utilizing GPS and Global Navigation Satellite System to find important points such as the centerline of a road, the edge of a curb and gutter, or the corner of a building.

Format: Partially Online

Estimated Time to Complete: Nine months

Credit Hours: 32


There are no prerequisite requirements to begin the certificate program.

Tuition and Financial Aid:

Federal, state, and local financial aid, scholarships and grants may be used toward this program.

Why should I study construction staking at Casper College?

Earning a certificate gives you the competitive advantage you’ll need. It is an important step toward a job in construction and other industries, looking for people with the technical knowledge learned in this program.


  • Begin taking classes in the fall and finish in time for summer employment recruiting.
  • Get the important skills and necessary education for a strong foundation in construction staking.
  • Get experience with the latest technologies and equipment.
  • Complete the course in just nine months.
  • Financial aid, including scholarships and grants, can be used toward earning a certificate at Casper College.
  • Construction staking is a stackable credential you can pair with geographic information systems, engineering technology, construction technology, or construction management. It can also add value to your career construction and next steps.
  • Earn your certificate from an accredited college.

What can I do With a Certificate in Construction Staking?

Construction staking appeals to the person who enjoys working with their hands and creating something new outside an office setting and in a construction setting. They get a sense of meaning in knowing their work is of vital importance to the success of the project and creating critical infrastructure for your community. Some of the duties this person will do include:

  • Site layout and/or rough construction staking according to construction plans.
  • Use GNSS and GPS technologies to precisely map or plot locations for buildings, roads, grading, and other features for construction.
  • Work with software such as AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and GIS mapping.
  • Perform construction-related computations and staking plans.
  • Use machine control to operate road graders, dozers, and scrapers.

Some common job titles include grade setter, construction surveyor, or GPS survey tech. Typical starting wages range from $26 to $28 per hour. A construction staking role can lead to other career opportunities.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no pre-reqs for this program.

Recommended Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester

ENTK 1500 — Engineering Graphics 4 credits

ENTK 1010 — Elements of Surveying 3 credits

ENTK 1060 — Excel Technical Applications 3 credits

CNTK 1525 — Materials Handling and Construction Equipment 3 credits

GIST 2310 — Introduction to GIS 4 credits

Spring Semester

CNTK 2530 — Construction Staking and GPS 3 credits

ENTK 2550 — Civil Drafting I 4 credits

GIST 1060 — Introduction to Remote Sensing and Drones 3 credits

ELTR 1545 — Utility Locator Certificate 2 credits

CNTK 2980 — Cooperative Work Experience 4 credits

For requirements and more information about this program, view its listing in the academic catalog:

Interested in online learning?

A portion of the courses in this program may be available online. Learn more about online programs and courses at Casper College.

You may also be interested in…

These related programs:
Secondary Education CTE Endorsement

Are you a licensed teacher or teaching with a PIC permit? Are you interested in teaching this subject matter in classes at the junior, middle, and/or high school levels? You can complete a set of courses within this program to qualify for a career and technical education teaching endorsement. Learn more about which courses count toward a CTE endorsement...

Contact Info

Rachel Wright

Academic Assistant, School of Business and Industry

Jason Eggemeyer

Academic Chair; Engineering Technology and Design Instructor

Rachel Chadderdon

Dean, School of Business, Industry, and Workforce Development